Category Archives for Wellness

Staying Healthy this Holiday Season

December is hand washing awareness month.  It may sound like a boring topic, but doesn’t it seem like everyone is sick around the holidays?  My family has had several years where the stomach flu ravaged our household, of course at Christmas.  Just when you are the busiest, that nasty cold hits you.  So, it’s time […]

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Holiday Traditions

Like many of you, the weekend after Thanksgiving is the time for decorating the house for the holidays.  For many years, it was a chaotic, stressful and often angry weekend.  My kids didn’t want to help.  The tree lights would be broken.  The outdoor lights were a mess and on and on.  I remember one […]

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Some Thoughts About Gift Giving

Winter is in full swing and the holidays are coming fast!  Here in Wisconsin, snow is on the ground and decorations are already being hung.  This is also the most stressful time of year for the working, busy mom.  The end of the year is hectic for many professions, including my own.  There are school […]

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Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

In addition to lung cancer, November is pancreatic cancer awareness month.  It is interesting that as we approach the holidays, we are reminded of two of the most deadly cancers in our country.  Pancreatic cancer is currently the third leading cause of cancer death in the US.  As many of you know, pancreatic cancer is […]

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Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Although I don’t treat lung cancer, I wanted to bring attention to this disease.  You see, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, among both men and women. Lung cancer claims more lives each year than do colon, prostate, ovarian and breast cancers combined.  My grandmother died of lung […]

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Teds Fight Against Lung Cancer

November is Lung Cancer Awareness. I sat down with survivor Ted Balthazor and his wife Jennifer to talk about Ted’s lung cancer journey and to help educate and spread awareness. 

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Giving Thanks

November is a month to give thanks for all that we have.  I turned fifty this November and had the opportunity to reflect on my life, my experiences, and the people I share those with.  Through Facebook and social media, we get the opportunity to see how many people that we impact.  I was astounded […]

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Lifestyle Approaches to Breast Cancer

One of the most common questions I get when treating a breast cancer patient (or any other cancer patient for that matter) is “What can I do to treat this?”.  It is also the question that we physicians may not have time for after explaining the diagnosis and treatment options. However, this is an important question. […]

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Breast Cancer Prevention

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Many factors are risks for developing breast cancer such as age, family history, age of first menstrual cycle and age of first childbirth.  These factors are out of our control.  My patients often ask me what they can do to prevent breast cancer. The Mayo Clinic lists seven things that […]

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What is a Previvor?

While I treat breast cancer every day, discuss genetic testing and make recommendations regarding preventative surgery, the term “Previvor” was quite new to me.  I received a Facebook post from a friend who had just gone through a prophylactic double mastectomy.  In her post, she stated, “I am now a previvor!”. Seeing your healthy friend go […]

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